MANHATTAN — Two NYPD commanders took aim at Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Twitter over the weekend following several shootings in the borough.
The first tweet came around 6:50 p.m. Sunday from the Manhattan South Precinct.
“Manhattan DA Cy Vance where are you? No show at any shooting scene!!! Our community is being attacked, there have been 24 people shot in the city in the past 24 hours….Where Are You!!!” the commander tweeted.
NYPD Manhattan North Borough Patrol also slammed Vance by retweeting the Manhattan South Precinct, adding: “Complete No Show in Manhattan North!! Shame!!”
Earlier Sunday evening, the NYPD Manhattan North Borough Patrol said the community “is suffering.”
“Disgraceful the amount of people shot in Manhattan North in the past 24 hours,” the commander tweeted. “Where are the elected officials and violence interupter!! The community is suffering!!”
A spokesman from Vance’s office said their policy “going back several decades” is for assistant district attorneys to visit crime scenes and brief the DA.
“It is unclear what the Manhattan District Attorney could substantively contribute at a crime scene,” the spokesman said. “We do not hold premature mini-press conferences which would potentially violate ethical rules and interfere with evidence collection.”
Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice and a retired member of the NYPD, said this type of criticism from NYPD brass is not something that’s common.
“This is not normal but I’m sure the rank-and-file and the cops that work for these two commanding officers are happy someone is standing up to the politicians,” he said.
It’s a sentiment that was echoed by NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea Monday morning as well.
Shea said while the tweets did not go out with his blessing, he understands it’s coming from a place of frustration over a lack of prosecution of low level crimes and several legislative actions that supporters of the NYPD say have crippled police tactics.